Purpose and Role
The Police Oversight Panel was created by the Council to increase community involvement in police oversight and to ensure that historically excluded communities have a voice in police oversight. The ordinance establishes the Police Oversight Panel an independent entity supported by the Office of the Independent Police Monitor. Police Oversight Panel By-laws were adopted in March 2022: Police Oversight Panel By-laws PDF.
The monitor assists the panel by providing summaries of complaints and complaint investigations, data on monthly statistics, analysis of local policing trends and access to national best practices. The monitor also organizes and facilitates the training of panel members.
The role of the panel is to review completed internal complaint investigations, make recommendations on disposition and discipline for those complaints, and to make policy and training recommendations to the department. The panel may also identify analyses that they would like the monitor to conduct. The panel members also provide an oversight function with regard to the monitor by providing regular feedback to the monitor and to the city regarding the work of the monitor’s office.
- Ariel Amaru
- Daniel Leonard
Taishya Adams is a servant leader focused on collective liberation and stewardship through community building, personal transformation, and systems change. Taishya has been a Boulder, Colorado resident since 2012 and currently serves as a commissioner to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The commission is a citizen board, appointed by the Governor, which sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs. Taishya is the Policy Director and Colorado Co-lead for Outdoor Afro. Outdoor Afro is a nationwide network that inspires Black American connections to nature and leadership. As Policy Director, Taishya engages with our leaders, networks, policymakers, and partners on education, health, and environmental policies affecting Black people, Black communities, and the planet. Previously, Taishya worked at American Institutes for Research as an Educational Equity Specialist leveraging policy, research, and practice to strengthen public education. Taishya also worked with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the DC Public Charter School Board, and the Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools. Taishya is the founding Board President of New Legacy Charter School, a public charter high school and early learning center Colorado. Taishya also serves on the Colorado Natural Areas Council, the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, and the #Nature for All International Taskforce. Taishya holds a MA in International Education from George Washington University and a BA from Vassar College in Political Science and Film.
Ariel Amaru is a first-year associate at Crowell & Moring. She received her law school degree from the University of Colorado and her undergraduate degree from The George Washington University. Her undergraduate thesis on Black women’s experience of DV won the outstanding undergraduate research of the year award.
Dr. Chikolwa is Senior Manager of Property Tax at Lumen Technologies, Inc. He earned a Ph.D. in Real Estate Investment and Finance in 2008 and is currently pursuing a MS in Organizational Leadership at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Before moving to Boulder, Dr. Chikolwa practiced as a registered Property Valuer in both private and public sectors for over 12 years before joining academia. In 2007, he joined Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, teaching and researching property investment and finance, and project and infrastructure finance.
Sarah has significant experience in the corporate world participating in and leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion oversight councils – including developing data-based policies, training, and codes of conduct. As a Latinx member of the LGBTQ community, with a black child; and coming from a family of military and police service, she has a unique intersectional view of policing. Sarah moved to Boulder County four years ago and is active in various community groups.
Victor King is a Recovery Coach Manager at Mental Health Partners. A longtime Boulder resident who brings a passion and experiential knowledge of recovery. He is a current member of the 2020-2021 Leadership Fellows of Boulder County.
Daniel Leonard received his BFA, BA, and MBA from CU Boulder. He is the Assistant Director of Marketing at CU Boulder for CU Presents. Daniel also works with a local theatre company BETC. He believes the arts are essential to a more empathetic and connected world.
Hadasa is a Quality Supervisor for a local food manufacturer where she specializes in policy and compliance. Born to Mexican immigrants in the Central Valley of California, she is a native Spanish speaker familiar with both farming and inner-city communities.
Police Oversight Panel 2022 Interviews
To identify new members, the Police Oversight Panel formed a Selection Committee composed of two current panel members as well as representatives from two local non-profit organizations: AMISTAD and the Boulder County NAACP.
The panel invited all community members who have a strong tie to the city of Boulder to consider applying to serve on the Police Oversight Panel.
The application period was open from September 24 – October 14, 2022, and interviews were held between October 31 – November 11, 2022.
The three-year term of service will begin in February 2023. Panel members may serve up to two three-year terms.
Interview videos are featured in the playlist below.